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July 2018 Archives

Setting up a special needs trust for your disabled child

If you have a special needs child, your Florida life is filled with both challenges and joy. Naturally you want him or her to lead the best possible life, and you do everything you can to make sure (s)he does. You also likely worry about who will provide him or her with the care (s)he needs should (s)he outlive you.

Why joint custody may be your best option

If you are like most Florida parents, your kids are the most important people in your life. The last thing you want is to become the stereotypical weekend Disney World parent after your divorce. Your spouse likely feels exactly the same way. In addition, you both know the last thing your kids want is to “lose” one of their parents or become caught in the middle of a custody fight where they have to choose sides as to which of you they want to live with.

Having a family conversation about a health care directive

People don't like to think of a future in which they're incapacitated and unable to make decisions for themselves. But life has a way of throwing some powerful curve balls and it might be best for Florida residents to think about putting a health care directive in place should the unforeseen happen. Such a directive can take the stress and potential guilt off loved ones.

Parental responsibility: Kids and divorce myths

No one wants pity, not even children. It is then the parental responsibility of Florida parents who are divorcing to show their children that divorce does not mean the end of their family, but a shift in how the family will function. There are still some hush-hush aspects to divorce in society, especially when children are involved. Some people feel sorry for kids of divorce -- perhaps not as often as they did decades ago -- but divorce is still often a taboo subject, which may hurt children, especially when they feel they can't talk to their friends or others about what's going on in their lives and how they feel about it.

Florida's power of attorney rules

There are certain rules that go along with estate planning. One of those has to do with creating a power of attorney in Florida. In order for the document to have any legitimate weight, the principal -- or the one making the power of attorney -- has to sign the document in front of two witnesses and a notary public, which could be one of the witnesses as well. If a Floridian creates a legal power of attorney outside the state, it does have bearing in Florida. 

Relocation of children after a divorce in Florida

When a parent who has custody of a child after divorce decides to relocate, it could be tough on everyone. Children are creatures of habit and as such, don't take highly to change, so relocation for them may be particularly unsettling whatever the reasons may be for the move. When a custodial parent in Florida makes that decision, there are some requirements that should be seen to before relocation can happen.

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